Beara Peninsula

Rugged coastline on the Beara Peninsula
The rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

The Ring of Beara is a scenic coastal driving route, encompassing picturesque villages and towns, enchanting islands and breathtaking scenery. After the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, Beara is the third major ‘ring’ (circular driving route) in Ireland’s southwest.

The finger-like peninsula that projects into the Atlantic stretches from Kenmare to Glengarriff and from Glengarriff to Castletownbere and on to Dursey Island via Ireland’s only cable car. The Ring of Beara is a must for any visitor in the area of the South West of Ireland with Cork’s Bantry Bay to its east and Kerry’s Kenmare Bay to its north. Its intricate coast and sharp-featured mountains are a geologist’s paradise of exposed and contorted rock strata, making for dramatic scenery at almost every turn.